NYC Drummer Nick Ruffini (Philadelphia, PA native), began playing drums at age 15 and never stopped. Nick attended Villanova and Kutztown University, graduating in 2005 with a B.S. in Business Management and Music Performance. He served as treasurer of the Kutztown University Percussion Department 2002-2003 as well as President from 2003-2005.
Even while earning his degree Nick pushed his drumming career to new heights, playing with anyone, anytime, anywhere. During college Nick played in a Salsa Band, a 17-piece Big-Band, a Jazz Band, a Percussion Ensemble, and an African Percussion Group along with local and regional bands up and down the East Coast.
In 2011, Nick launched his solo career, recording a record under his own name. The album includes Johnny Defrancesco (Defranceso Brothers) on guitar, Paul Klinefelter (Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra) on bass, Rich Budesa (Budesa Brothers) on organ and was engineered/mixed/mastered by 2011 Grammy Nominee, Glenn Ferracone. Following a nation wide radio campaign, Nick’s first solo release “Pressin’ On” peaked at #54 on the US Jazz Charts..
Currently, Nick is the drummer for the regional touring group Monacy and The Nick Ruffini Band and can often be seen performing with Jeff Washington (Melba Moore, Mica Paris, Freddie Jackson, Chaka Khan, Dee Dee Bridgewater and others) Johnny Defrancesco, Pat Bianchi and the Budesa Brothers– totalling over 100 shows per year. In addition, Nick teaches private lessons, works on various studio projects and runs Drummer’s Resource (www.DrummersResource.com) a resource for drummers to get education, information, and motivation for drumming and beyond.
Nick has performed/shared the stage with: Phish’s Page McConnell, Everlast, The Greyboy Allstars, Dave Grippo (Trey Anastasio Band), Johnny Defrancesco, DJ Q-Ball (DJ for the Multi-platinum artists The Bloodhound Gang), Jazz Legend Melvin Sparks and Badfish, just to name a few.
With his diverse background and performance experience in Funk, Rock, Jazz, Latin, or any other style of music, Nick’s unique sound and energy are undeniable, making him one of the most sought-after drummers on the scene.